How to Enable Remote Desktop on Windows 8

There are many ways to enable Remote Desktop on Windows 8 DP. I’ll show you a simple way to enable and access Windows 8 remotely from your LAN. To make it easy I Recommend to bring the control panel to the desktop.To do this follow the steps bellow:

  1. Right click on the desktop and click on Personalize, Click on Change Desktop Icons
  2. Then put a check mark on Control Panel to place an icon on the desktop.Click Apply and OK to save the changes.

Make sure that the User that will be accessing Windows 8 remotely has a Password.

  1. Double click on the Control panel in the Desktop and select small icons from the drop-down category on the top right.
  2. Go to User account then click on manage account to add a password to the user by double clicking on the user.

Enable Remote Desktop on Windows 8

  1. Once you have created a password go back to the Control panel and click on system.
  2. Then Click on Remote Settings.
  3. Check mark  Allow connections from computer running any version of remote desktop
  4. Click Apply and OK

To access Windows 8 Remotely you will also need the IP address. To find your IP address on windows 8

  1. Press the Windows Key plus R
  2. In the Run window type CMD and click OK to open the Command Prompt window.
  3. In the Command prompt window type ipconfig and press enter key.

Don’t worry about the firewall rules, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 does that for you automatically. If you are running a firewall other than default, you should configure it to open port 3389.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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